Upper West Side Closings: Lansky’s Old World Deli

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Lansky’s Old World Deli (235 Columbus, between 70th & 71st) has gone out of business.

The sign above is posted on the door of the now vacant space.

Regular readers may recall that Lanksy’s was the site of a robbery and some major vandalism last fall. Anti-Semitic slurs were written on the restaurant’s walls and the interior was trashed, resulting in more than $100,000 in damages.

No word on whether or not that crime had any impact on this closing.

Lansky’s was owned by chef David Ruggerio, who also owns nearby Jalepeno (185 Columbus) and Bomboloni (187 Columbus).

Back in the fall of 2011, it was reported that Mr. Ruggerio had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for those two locations (Lanksy’s was not involved in the filing).

Someone claiming to be Mr. Ruggerio commented on that post above last month, saying that both Jalepeno and Bomboloni are now out of bankruptcy and debt-free. The same person (I think) had previously posted a similar comment on this related post.

If you click through that second link you’ll note that I responded by asking the commenter to contact me directly with additional details. Unfortunately, I never heard back.

H/t to MUW readers Elena, Mary, and Dorie.

The papered windows at the former Lansky's Deli space.

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  • Anonymous

    This is devastating. I love Lansky’s!

  • NYC Guy

    Good riddance to a lackluster blight of a place! Horrible service & a “couldn’t care less” attitude helped to do this place in.

  • http://twitter.com/DorieDesignNYC Dorie

    i’m gonna miss their blintzes – they were a force to be reckoned with…

  • BillyBob26

    You wouldn’t know a good pastrami if it smacked you in the face.

  • Guest

    matzah ball soup was amazing. better (and cheaper) than arties.

  • lincolncenterlover

    This is so sad!!!!!!!!! Lansky’s was a great spot — one of my favorites for years. I am a proud holder of a Lansky’s Loyalty Card. Jalapeno is great, though.

  • petermonte